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  • Mountain Hardwear - Absolute Zero GTX Mitten - Men's - Black
  • Mountain Hardwear - Absolute Zero GTX Mitten - Men's - Palm
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Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero GTX Mitten - Men's

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$89.96 $179.95

Item #MHW017S

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Tech Specs

Material:
[membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex (2-layer) , [face fabric] 100% polyester ripstop
Insulation:
700-fill Q.Shield down (hdyrophobic)
Style:
mitten
Closure:
synch
Palm Grip:
nylon dot grip
Claimed Weight:
11oz
Recommended Use:
skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing, mountaineering
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime

Absolute Zero GTX Mitten

Protect fingers from biting single digit temps with the Mountain Hardwear Men's Absolute Zero Mitten. The Gore-Tex membrane supplies waterproof and breathable protection while the lofty 700-fill down keeps your fingers warm and toasty in the harshest weather imaginable. The Q Shield down also has a hydrophobic treatment to ensure that it won't lose its loft when you're in wetter climates and damp conditions. The mitten's two-stage closure and quick release gauntlet adjustment is a breeze to use and adds extra protection against the elements, and its extra-long design fits neatly over bulky jacket sleeves. A soft fleece liner keeps your hands warm and cozy all day long, and the attached carabiner loops let you hang your mitts off your pack or harness to keep them dry when not in use.

  • Take on extreme temperatures with this warm and rugged mitten
  • Gore-Tex membrane ensures that heavy snows won't soak your glove
  • Hydrophobic down provides steady warmth in any conditions
  • Soft fleece lining gives you an added boost of comfort and warmth
  • Extra long gauntlet fits over your jacket sleeves for more coverage
  • Two-stage closure ensure that cold winds won't creep in
  • Carabiner loop lets you hang your mittens off a pack or harness

Not made to last

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This Mitt has been the only hand protection that actually keeps my frostbitten fingers warm while snowboarding in cold Colorado winters, so I was pretty happy when Mountain Hardware came out with them. Unfortunately, with the first pair I purchased I soon found holes in the fabric, and the face material rapidly degraded. I sent the first pair into Mountain Hardware Warranty, and purchased another to keep me going through the winter, which is what it took in time for Mountain Hardware to resolve the warranty issue, about 4 months. In the meantime, the second pair of Ultimate Mitts I had purchased began to tear in the face fabric within the first day of using them, tearing along a grid line like a Berber carpet. The warranty department did at least meet me in the middle by crediting me for one pair, but not the second pair of $180 mittens. Mountain Hardware Warranty told me that the activity I was using these Mitts for, snowboarding, was not an approved activity for this product, and I had voided the warranty. Yet, in the description for these Mitts, they are "Designed to withstand the most extreme conditions in the world and climb the highest mountains." and are "durably waterproof, windproof and breathable." I talked extensively with Mountain Hardware to see if they had plans to improve the face fabric, to which there was no positive feedback to this point. The face fabrics on the Mountain Hardware website are described as Sensor ripstop, of which the fabric to make the ripstop must be of low grade material, and 75D Flat Taffeta, which is chiefly used to make wedding dresses. So I am wondering if these Mitts were not designed to withstand skiing and snowboarding, two of the most popular winter sports, but yet designed to withstand the most extreme conditions in the world, what does this apparent hype to sell the product mean?
I would suggest that unless you are using these Ultimate Mitts to tailgate or make snowmen, this product has material choice issues that need corrected before they are of benefit to the vast majority of outdoor enthusiasts. And while I have purchased numerable Mountain Hardware products over the last few decades, my perception of Mountain Hardware is now a bit tainted with the handling of this product. and will likely not be purchasing until worthy improvements are made. Hopefully another clothing manufacturer will pick up on the need for beefy mittens for snow sports for those of us with a history of frostbit and Raynauds, and actually make it worthwhile, and to last.

Sleeping bags for your hands

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are like toasty sleeping bags for your hands. Keep in mind they are HUGE, and much bigger than I had expected, but on those frigid days where your hands need to stay warm at all costs these are my go-to gloves.

Worth it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Between work and hobbies I spend a lot of time outside in northern Minnesota. My hands have been cold for decades until I bought these. Just spent 4 hours in -20's F and my hands stayed warm without hand warmers! Really like the lack of interior fingers. If you need extreme dexterity these may not work but otherwise worth it, even if they cost more than my first car

Mountain Hardwear

Gloves & Mittens
Men's
 XSSMLXL
Hand Circumference

6.5 - 7in

(17 - 18cm)

7 - 7.5in

(18 - 19cm)

8 - 8.5in

(20 - 22cm)

9 - 9.5in

(23 - 24cm)

9.5 - 10in+

(24 - 25cm+)

Hand Length

5 - 6.5in

(13 - 17cm)

6.5 - 7in

(17 - 18cm)

7.5 - 8in

(19 - 20cm)

8.5 - 9in

(22 - 23cm)

9 - 9.5in+

(23 - 24cm+)

Women's
 SML
Hand Circumference

6.5 - 7in

(17 - 18cm)

7. 5 - 8in

(19 - 20cm)

8in+

(20cm+)

Hand Length

5 - 6.5in

(13 - 17cm)

7 - 7.5in

(18 - 19cm)

7.5 - 8in

(19 - 20cm)

How to Measure:
Measure the circumference of your hand around the widest part of the palm not including the thumb, just below the base of the fingers. For length, measure from the tip of the middle finger to the wrist.